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U.S. Ranks Low for Preventable Deaths

According to reports, the United States is the lowest in new rankings that were issued regarding preventable deaths that occur in various countries.

The ranking focused on deaths that occurred via hospital mistakes.

Health Care System Criticized

Researchers are criticizing the health care system in the U.S. claiming that if they performed as well as the systems in countries like France, Japan and Australia, which ranked the highest, there would be 101,000 fewer deaths in the country.

Ellen Nolte and Martin McKee, the researchers involved in the ranking, say that these types of deaths are a vital way to determine the overall performance of the health care system in a country.

“I wouldn’t say it (the last place ranking) is a condemnation, because I think health care in the U.S. is pretty good if you have access. But if you don’t, I think that’s the main problem,” stated Nolte.

Hospital Deaths

Researchers took into account deaths that occurred before age 75 from causes such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain bacterial infections in the ranking.

These types of deaths were reportedly the cause of over 23 percent of overall deaths in men and 32 percent of deaths in women in the country.

Statistics showed that in the U.S. there were 109.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

“The U.S. is falling even farther behind on this crucial indicator of health system performance,” explained Cathy Schoen, the Commonwealth Fund Senior Vice President.

(Source: Reuters)

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